What Collapse? Antrel Rolle 'Absolutely' Believes Giants Will Reach Playoffs

The New Orleans Saints dominated the New York Giants on Monday Night Football

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Saints 49, Giants 24: New York Routed By Drew Brees, New Orleans

The New York Giants were no match for the New Orleans Saints Monday night. The Saints (8-3) compiled 577 yards en route to an overwhelming 49-24 victory over the reeling Giants (6-5) on Monday Night Football.

Drew Brees completed 24-of-38 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns for New Orleans. The Saints also ran the ball for 205 yards. New Orleans scored seven touchdowns, including an 88-yard drive, three 80-yard drives and a 73-yard drive.

Eli Manning put up great numbers for the Giants, completing 33-of-47 passes for 406 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. At one point in the second half Manning completed 21 straight passes. His effort, though, was not nearly enough.

The Giants, once 6-2, have now lost three straight games and their playoff hopes are in serious jeopardy. The Giants are now one game behind the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East, and also one game behind the Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions in the chase for a wild-card playoff berth. The Giants have the unenviable task of facing the 11-0 Green Bay Packers Sunday at MetLife Stadium.


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The first quarter was scoreless Monday night, but New Orleans scored on two 80-yard drives and an 88-yard drive in the second quarter while the Giants could only muster a field goal. That gave New Orleans a 21-3 halftime lead. The lead stretched to 35-10 after three quarters.

Victor Cruz provided a couple of highlights for the Giants, catching nine passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Cruz caught scoring strikes of 72 and four yards from Manning.

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Giants Vs. Saints Score: New York Trails New Orleans 35-17 Early Fourth Quarter

The New York Giants went into the locker room at halftime trying to figure how to overcome the offense of Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

So far, they haven't had much luck, and trail the home team 35-17 after three quarters of play.

New York had an early scare when Isa Abdul-Quddus drilled Hakeem Nicks, drawing a penalty and knocking the Giants wide receiver out of the game, albeit only temporarily.

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Brandon Jacobs tried to get "Big Blue" back into the game on their opening drive, steamrolling his way into the end zone to pull the Giants back within 11, but it wouldn't last. Brees took matters into his own hands and ran one in to make it 28-10.

The Saints added insult to injury after Brees dropped one in for Jimmy Graham for a 29-yard score. As if the 35-10 score didn't tell the tale, New York botched a punt and turned the ball over to New Orleans as they entered the fourth quarter.

Giants first play of the quarter and Eli Manning finds Victor Cruz wide open to close it to 35-17.

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Giants Vs. Saints Score: New York Trails New Orleans 21-3 At The Half

After 15 scoreless minutes, the New Orleans Saints were able to find the end zone three times in the second quarter and go up on the New York Giants 14-3 at halftime.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees found Lance Moore on the opening drive of the second to put the home team up 7-0 (thanks to an extra point from John Kasay).

The Giants were able to get on the board with three when Lawrence Tynes split the uprights from 42 yards out; however, New Orleans would make it an 11 point lead when Jimmy Graham caught a short pass and ran it in with no resistance.

Eli Manning would try to put together a drive as the clock was winding down but the Giants receivers just couldn’t hold on to the ball and the Giants were forced to punt. The Saints would need less than two minutes to score yet again, when Brees fired on into the arms of Moore for the second time.

New York, who closed out the half with a failed field-goal attempt from 61 yards, is going to have a lot to talk about in the locker room during halftime.

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Giants Vs. Saints Score: New Orleans Leads New York 7-3 Early Second Quarter

The New York Giants took the field tonight at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Louisiana to take on the New Orleans Saints in Monday Night Football.

Early in the second quarter the Giants trail, 7-3.

New Orleans tried to get creative with a fake field-goal attempt as back-up quarterback Chase Daniels was the placeholder, connecting on a pass to tight end Jimmy Graham. The Giants were able to pick up the play and recover the ball on the 10-yard line.

The Saints were able to get on the board early in the second quarter when quarterback Drew Brees connected with wide receiver Lance Moore on a quick out from inside the five-yard line on third down.

Brees now has the second longest streak in NFL history, throwing a touchdown in 38 consecutive games. Giants were able to answer with a field goal but need to find the end zone to keep this thing competitive.

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Michael Boley Injury Update: Giants Linebacker Out Vs. New Orleans Saints

MIchael Boley will not play Monday night for the New York Giants when they face the New Orleans Saints. According to a published report, Boley did not travel with the Giants Sunday when they flew to New Orleans.

Boley, who has a hamstring injury, also did not play last week for the Giants against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Without Boley, safety Deon Grant will again call the defensive signals for the Giants.

The Giants will also be without Ahmad Bradshaw again. The running back will miss his fourth consecutive game after suffering a cracked bone in his foot.

The Giants’ offensive line will also be re-shuffled as left tackle Will Beatty will miss the game after undergoing surgery for a detached retina.

With Boley out rookie Mark Herzlich made his first NFL start at linebacker for the Giants. Rookies Spencer Paysinger and Jacquian Williams also played a significant number of snaps for the Giants.

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New York Giants Injury Update: Ahmad Bradshaw Out Again, Mario Manningham Questionable

The 6-4 New York Giants will travel to New Orleans on Monday night as they look to keep pace with the first place Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East with a win against the 7-3 New Orleans Saints. The Giants are once again banged up – as they have been all season long.

Here is Saturday's complete Giants-New Orleans Saints injury report:

New York Giants

T Will Beatty, Eye/Back...Out

LB Michael Boley, Hamstring...Doubtful

RB Ahmad Bradshaw, Foot...Out

WR Mario Manningham, Knee...Questionable

WR Michael Clayton, Knee...Questionable

DB Derrick Martin, Hamstring...Out

T Kareem McKenzie, Toe...Probable

DE Justin Tuck, Ankle/Shoulder...Probable

DE Osi Umenyiora, Knee...Probable

RB D.J. Ware, Concussion...Probable

New Orleans Saints

DE Turk McBride ... Ankle ... Out

LB Jon Vilma ... Knee ... Questionable

DE Cameron Jordan ... Hand ... Probable

CB Patrick Robinson ... Stomach ... Probable

-- For the latest Giants news, follow the comprehensive Giants vs. Saints 2011 StoryStream on SB Nation New York and visit our Giants blog Big Blue View.

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Will Beatty Injury Update: Beatty To Have Surgery For Detached Retina

The New York Giants’ struggling offensive line received a devastating blow this afternoon when the team announced that starting left tackle Will Beatty will undergo surgery on Thursday morning to repair a detached retina in his right eye. he procedure will be performed by Donald J. D’Amico, MD, Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College and Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at the New York Presbyterian Hospital.

A timeframe for Beatty’s recovery has not been established.

The Giants offensive line has struggled all season, and head coach Tom Coughlin was critical of the team’s blocking following Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

After the game Coughlin said the “offensive line was completely outplayed by the front eight of Philadelphia.”

Correcting that issue won’t be easier with Beatty out of the lineup. The third-year player from UConn took over this season as the starting left tackle, and has been the team’s most consistent lineman.

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Ahmad Bradshaw, Michael Boley Injury Updates

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday he is uncertain as to whether or not injured running back Ahmad Bradshaw or linebacker Michael Boley will be available for practice by Friday, or for Monday night’s crucial game against the New Orleans Saints.

“I don’t know. I really don’t. I will base that on what the doctors tell me. Again there is progress being made but how much and how soon, those are things that are going to have to be determined,” Coughlin said. “I don’t really have the answer to that one. I wish I did, but I don’t.”

Bradshaw has a cracked bone in his foot and has not played in the Giants’ past three games. Boley has a hamstring injury and did not play Sunday against Philadelphia.

Coughlin said that left tackle Will Beatty had an MRI on his back that showed “nothing” and that right guard Chris Snee is recovering from food poisoning that affected him Sunday against the Eagles. He had not update on D.J. Ware (concussion) or Derrick Martin (torn hamstring).

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Justin Tuck: Giants' Defensive Captain Wonders If He Is Hurting The Team

New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck has missed four games this season with neck and groin injuries, and has played at less than 100 percent in the six games in which he has participated.

The two-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro has just two sacks and 15 tackles in six games, following a season in which he had 11.5 sacks and a career-best 76 tackles. Tuck is considered the Giants’ best and most complete defensive player, but have his effort to play through the injuries actually hurt the 6-4 Giants?

Even Tuck himself admits to wondering about that, as he told Mike Francesa during an appearance on WFAN Monday.

“I play that through my head a lot. We got so much talent on this defensive line especially on the defensive line. That’s something I played through my head sometimes,” Tuck said. “I don’t think I am. I’ve asked coaches this. They’ve assured me that being out that football field that we are a better defense with me on the field … I am going out there to help the team win. If I can’t help win then I don’t need to be out there.”

Tuck drew criticism from former teammates Antonio Pierce and Michael Strahan when he sat out games earlier this season because was not healthy enough to contribute.

— Read the full interview transcript at Sports Radio Interviews

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